​COMPASSION TO ACTION

​​​​Volunteering creates a national character in which the community and the nation take on a spirit of compassion, comradeship and confidence.  ~ Brian O'Connell

DO THE RIGHT THING

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. ~ Erma Bombeck

FEATURED VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Spouses Rule

Our Dynamic Duo !

Marissa Wentling

&

Yvonne Coombes

LOCAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Page Updated, 21 May 20

AS OF:  21 MAY 20

CURRENT VOLUNTEER  OPPORTUNITIES

AUSA has 122 chapters located worldwide. Made up entirely of volunteers, they provide recreational and educational opportunities to Soldiers and their families. AUSA and its chapters have contributed well over $2,000,000 to awards, and scholarships, not to mention countless volunteer hours in support of Soldier and family programs. Our collective mission is to support our Soldiers and the civilians and families who work alongside of them in the local community.

  • VP, NCO & Soldier Programs: Work with SMA (R) Dan Dailey, who holds this position at AUSA National, to mirror and execute program missions within our Chapter, especially at Fort Carson.

  • VP, Community Partners: Perform sustained liaison with our CP POCs; recruit new CP organizational memberships in support of our Chapter.  

  • VP, Programs:  Translates certain Annual Plan objectives into actual Programs to include: Planning, coordination and execution of events and activities; establishing dates, venues, and funding strategies; developing guest lists and/or target audiences; notifications, advertising and marketing; ensuring protocol requirements are met, and holding after action reviews. Click here to see more.

  • VP, Membership: Responsible for the Chapter Membership recruiting and retention.  Translate the following guidelines into action:   Click here to see more. 

  • EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER-AT-LARGE AND TASK FORCE/ACTIONS COMMITTEE POSITIONS ARE OPEN. If you would like to join our Governance Team, please email Doug Harris at pikespeakchapter@ausappc.org 

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Marissa

Marissa and her family were selected as the Fort Benning Army Family of the Year for 2017. They were presented with that honor at an awards ceremony at that post in Georgia.  Marissa was also an Army Spouse of the Year in 2018.  When her husband, SSG Matt Wentling, currently assigned to 2BCT, 4ID, received PCS orders for Fort Carson last year, as soon as their family move was complete, Marissa proceeded post-haste to find our local AUSA chapter and joined us immediately.  She soon volunteered to serve on the Chapter Executive Committee and stepped up to serve as our Vice President of Family Programs.  She's made a huge difference by helping FRG's.


Yvonne--the recently crowned Army Spouse of the Year for 2020 (click)--and the Coombes family have been at Fort Carson for a little longer than the Wentlings.  Yvonne was busy bringing the non-profit business she co-founded, Operation Deploy Your Dress, to Fort Carson, which was completed last summer.  She then joined our Chapter shortly thereafter and became active with our Executive Committee.  During most of their tour here until recently, her husband, LTC Mike Coombes, Commander of 3-29 FA, 3ABCT, 4ID, has been deployed to Afghanistan.  Yvonne is in the running for the Armed Forces Spouse of the Year too.


We are exceptionally blessed to have both Marissa and Yvonne on our EC Team.  Click here to see just some of what they do!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

​​​I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.  ~ Maya Angelou

Yvonne

Chuck Moneypenny continues his remarkable performance as a member of the Pikes Peak Chapter.  A long-time contributing member of the Chapter, to include a stint as the PPC President, and who is now our Chapter Treasurer, we count on Chuck to provide sound leadership and on-point guidance to Chapter members and volunteers.  For his experienced and selfless service to our Chapter, Chuck is a "Soaring Eagle" awardee, the highest AUSA Region 7 award honor.  His most recent award received in November 2019 was the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC Military Affairs Council (MAC) "Award for Excellence."

Association of the U.S. Army - Pikes Peak Chapter

“Voice for the Army – Support for the Soldier”